Monday, September 27, 2010

Check Out These Blogs!

Miss W. from the Student Blogging Challenge has highlighted several blogs that are worth visiting! 

Please take a moment to visit a few and hopefully leave a comment! :-)

In your comment, tell them  
who you are 
specifically what you liked about their blog
(Remember: first names ONLY!)

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Teegan – NZ,  World Star Academy – USA, Mental Weight – USA,  Simone – NZ, Mr Carson – a little school in Canada, Calie – USA, Connor – NZ, Indy – Australia, Coleman – USA, Mason – USA, Digiridoos – NZ, Abbey – USA, Mrs Yollis – USA, tj at Hyden – Australia, Mrs Tieppo – Australia, Braxton – NZ,  Rachel – USA, Bree - NZ, Finn – NZ, Alice – NZ, Jakob – NZ, Mrs Davis-Louis – USA, Mrs Melton – USA, iCubed – USA, Robert – USA, Derek – USA, Brenna – NZ, Daniel – NZ, Miss T – NZ, Daiki – Thailand, Chloe – USA, Dakota – USA, Christian – USA, Addison – USA

Here is a Fantastic ‘About’ page 
Mr Baldock – Australia

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If you left a comment on one of the blogs, tell us which one!

Let's help promote great bloggers!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fabulous Fall!

Did you know that this year, September 22, is the first day of autumn?

In Southern California, we do not experience autumn, or fall,
the same way some places do.

However, we do feel a change in our weather, and even
the leaves of our trees sometimes change c

Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall?
If you'd like to find out the answer
or learn some other fabulous fall facts,
click on this link called Awesome Autumn!


Leave a comment to tell us what you learned about autumn.
You can also include the answers to these questions:

What are your favorite fall sports and activities?

What do you like most about fall?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lucky Hat Day, 2010

This week, Mrs. Ranney's class read "The Lost and Found", a story
in our anthology by Mark Teague.

The story is about three friends who get lost in the Lost and Found bin!
Their lucky hats bring them good luck at the end of the story.

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For fun, we wore our lucky hats today!

There were many creative and very lucky hats!

There were pink hats with ducks and bunnies,

hats with painted polka - dots,

hats with stars and feathers,

cone-shaped hats of red and yellow,

and hats with flowers, feathers, and lots of flair,

Even Mrs. Yollis and Mrs. Ranney wore their lucky hats!

Our classes gathered for a big group picture to celebrate our luck!

Tell us about your lucky hat?

Whose hat did you like the most and why?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Pictogram!

Mrs. Ranney discovered a terrific graphing site from Mrs. Yollis.

Today we looked at the birthdays in the classroom using a birthday pictogram.

(Click the picture to make it larger.)

(We took a screen shot by pressing COMMAND + SHIFT + 4)

Then we made up questions!

If we took away all the boys from the graph,
how many girls would be left?

The answer is: thirteen!

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Please use the data to ask a question in your comment.

Hopefully a reader will answer correctly!


How to Find a Reading Counts Book

Finding a book that is on your reading level can be a challenge.

Here are some video tips about how to spot a book that is TOO HARD or TOO EASY.

The students will also show you how to tell if the book is a Reading Counts book.


Here is a link to the Reading Counts list!

Have you ever learned a new word from a book? Teach us the new word!

What genre do you like and why?
Mystery? Fantasy? Adventure? Realistic Fiction? Nonfiction?

Advanced students: When leaving a comment, if you want to put your book title in italics, use the italics HTML code!

For example:

Will look like this when you click publish:
The Lost and Found is one of my favorite stories.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Science: Matter Matters!

The first science unit of the the year will focus on matter.

Matter can be found in 3 states:
solid, liquid, and gas.

We learned that all matter has physical properties.

We observed the physical properties of our basketball speed ball!
We posted adjectives that described
shape, size/mass, color, texture, hardness, flavor, and temperature.

(Click on picture to enlarge.)

Next, it was time to investigate a liquid,
grape juice, to be exact!

Mrs. Ranney gathered the following materials:
a jug of grape juice, 22 one-ounce cups, 22 popsicle sticks, and an eye dropper.

We studied the physical properties of the liquid.
For example, we observed that the color was purple,
it took the shape of the container, and it was room temperature.

Mrs. Ranney used the dropper to
give each student a 1 mL taste.
Most of us determined that the flavor was sweet and tasted like grapes.

The cups were filled and moved to the freezer.

What do YOU think happened?

Because the temperature in the freezer was 32˚F, the liquid changed form!
The juice was now a delicious solid!

We observed some physical properties had changed.
For example, the texture was first slippery and smooth,
but quickly changed to rough and crunchy!
The temperature was definitely not room temperature anymore!

Science can be deliciously fun!


Science Extra Credit:

At home, find one liquid or one solid to observe.
Please describe as many physical properties as you can.
Remember: physical properties are anything that can be observed
about an object using your five senses.

(Hint - you can copy and paste the list below to add to your comment!)


For fun ~ Click here to fill in the crossword puzzle!